moderated FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that


Kimber Gardner
 

Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim

--
Kimberly


Ann Byrne
 

the microphone is waiting for commands to sharky. To turn it off,
On the JAWS screen, press alt-u for utilities. The first thing there is "voice assistant submenu".
Open the submenu and activate settings dot-dot-dot.
There is an item that says "enable voice assistant", checked." Uncheck it.

This will disable sharky's responding to the spoken command "hey sharky", but you can still use it with alt-insert-space.

At 06:51 AM 7/14/2022, you wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim

--
Kimberly



Kimber Gardner
 

Thanks, I appreciate the info. I feel like this "assistant" should be
turned off by default. It's intrusive.

Thanks again

On 7/14/22, Ann Byrne <annakb@...> wrote:
the microphone is waiting for commands to sharky. To turn it off,
On the JAWS screen, press alt-u for utilities. The first thing there
is "voice assistant submenu".
Open the submenu and activate settings dot-dot-dot.
There is an item that says "enable voice assistant", checked." Uncheck it.

This will disable sharky's responding to the spoken command "hey
sharky", but you can still use it with alt-insert-space.
At 06:51 AM 7/14/2022, you wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim

--
Kimberly







--
Kimberly


Gene Warner
 

If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...

On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,
I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.
I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?
Thanks,
Kim


Kimber Gardner
 

Thanks, that’s good to know. I’m curious why an app like Jaws needs a voice assistant at all.



Sent from Kimber's Red iPhone
” those who seek to band books are wrong, no matter how dangerous books can be.“ Viet Thanh Nguyen

On Jul 14, 2022, at 10:23 AM, Gene Warner <genewarner3@...> wrote:

If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,
I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.
I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?
Thanks,
Kim




Dan Longmore
 

Voice assist is very common. Keeps JAWS current and also is a nice feature for some tasks being hands free or even quicker. Especially good for those who have medical or other issues that hinder typing.

Dan

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 10:57 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Thanks, that’s good to know. I’m curious why an app like Jaws needs a voice assistant at all.



Sent from Kimber's Red iPhone
” those who seek to band books are wrong, no matter how dangerous books can be.“ Viet Thanh Nguyen

On Jul 14, 2022, at 10:23 AM, Gene Warner <genewarner3@...> wrote:

If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,
I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.
I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but
there are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them,
but I don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?
Thanks,
Kim




Dan Longmore
 

Not sure how it is intrusive as JAWS indicates that your microphone is being used. Since many use laptops , tablets and even desktops with microphones default is good to be on although I agree it may be annoying if not needed.
Dan

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 8:34 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Thanks, I appreciate the info. I feel like this "assistant" should be turned off by default. It's intrusive.

Thanks again

On 7/14/22, Ann Byrne <annakb@...> wrote:
the microphone is waiting for commands to sharky. To turn it off, On
the JAWS screen, press alt-u for utilities. The first thing there is
"voice assistant submenu".
Open the submenu and activate settings dot-dot-dot.
There is an item that says "enable voice assistant", checked." Uncheck it.

This will disable sharky's responding to the spoken command "hey
sharky", but you can still use it with alt-insert-space.
At 06:51 AM 7/14/2022, you wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim

--
Kimberly








--
Kimberly


Bill White
 

Hi, Kimber. Some people may only have the use of one hand. If this is the case, it may be difficult for them to use some of the awkward key combinations that some of the commands like,
Virtualize the screen, ALT plus JAWS Key plus W
use. This makes it "handy" no pun intended, for them to use Voice Assistant to invoke some of these commands. I do agree with you, though, that Voice Assistant should be turned off by default. It can interfere with other uses of the microphone, such as when using Zoom.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:57 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Thanks, that’s good to know. I’m curious why an app like Jaws needs a voice assistant at all.



Sent from Kimber's Red iPhone
” those who seek to band books are wrong, no matter how dangerous books can be.“ Viet Thanh Nguyen

On Jul 14, 2022, at 10:23 AM, Gene Warner <genewarner3@...> wrote:

If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,
I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.
I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?
Thanks,
Kim




Bill White
 

Hi, Dan. The intrusiveness occurs if one is trying to record something else and Voice Assistant keeps intruding into the recording. That is intrusive.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dan Longmore
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 8:52 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Not sure how it is intrusive as JAWS indicates that your microphone is being used. Since many use laptops , tablets and even desktops with microphones default is good to be on although I agree it may be annoying if not needed.
Dan

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 8:34 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Thanks, I appreciate the info. I feel like this "assistant" should be turned off by default. It's intrusive.

Thanks again

On 7/14/22, Ann Byrne <annakb@...> wrote:
the microphone is waiting for commands to sharky. To turn it off, On
the JAWS screen, press alt-u for utilities. The first thing there is
"voice assistant submenu".
Open the submenu and activate settings dot-dot-dot.
There is an item that says "enable voice assistant", checked." Uncheck it.

This will disable sharky's responding to the spoken command "hey
sharky", but you can still use it with alt-insert-space.
At 06:51 AM 7/14/2022, you wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim

--
Kimberly








--
Kimberly


Bill White
 

Hi, Gene. How do you install JAWS with all services disabled?

Thank you.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:23 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it
was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim


Gene Warner
 

I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update, Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So if you want to disable it, you'll have to create an AdditionalSettings.ini file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the /help command line option.

Gene...

On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a setting to disable Sharky.
Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it was one of the first things I would do.
Gene...
On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim


Bill White
 

Hi, Gene. This is not true. I am running the latest JAWS update. If I go into JAWS>Utilities>Voice Assistant>Settings, the first check box there is, Enable Voice Assistant. I have it unchecked. It has not been removed.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update,
Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So if
you want to disable it, you'll have to create an AdditionalSettings.ini
file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the /help
command line option.

Gene...



On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it
was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim


Chris Hill
 

Hmmm, I think you just didn't find it.  Look in the utilities menu, voice assistant, settings and disable is right there.

CH

On 7/16/2022 12:40, Gene Warner wrote:
I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update, Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So if you want to disable it, you'll have to create an AdditionalSettings.ini file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the /help command line option.

Gene...



On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim



Gene Warner
 

Thanks! Either my memory is faulty, it might me, or they moved it because I could have sworn that the 'Enable voice assist' option was in the user section of the settings center.

Gene...

On 7/16/2022 2:55 PM, Bill White wrote:
Hi, Gene. This is not true. I am running the latest JAWS update. If I go into JAWS>Utilities>Voice Assistant>Settings, the first check box there is, Enable Voice Assistant. I have it unchecked. It has not been removed.
Bill White
billwhite92701@...
-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that
I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update,
Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So if
you want to disable it, you'll have to create an AdditionalSettings.ini
file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.
To get information about how to do this run the installer with the /help
command line option.
Gene...
On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it
was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim


Chris Hill
 

 don't remember, seems like it was either in options or utilities in previous versions.

CH


On 7/16/2022 14:04, Gene Warner wrote:

Thanks! Either my memory is faulty, it might me, or they moved it because I could have sworn that the 'Enable voice assist' option was in the user section of the settings center.

Gene...


On 7/16/2022 2:55 PM, Bill White wrote:
Hi, Gene. This is not true. I am running the latest JAWS update. If I go into JAWS>Utilities>Voice Assistant>Settings, the first check box there is, Enable Voice Assistant. I have it unchecked. It has not been removed.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update,
Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So if
you want to disable it, you'll have to create an AdditionalSettings.ini
file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the /help
command line option.

Gene...



On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it
was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim



















 

Remember, if push comes to shove and you want to block microphone access there is a very easy way under Windows 10 or 11.

Open Settings, type microphone in the search box, then open the item returned for Choose which apps can access your microphone.  Then look for the section Allow desktop apps to access your microphone (since JAWS is a desktop app, it will be under there).  
--

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.
     ~ Lauren Bacall


Bill White
 

Hi, Gene. They moved it. It used to be in JAWS Settings Center between Voice Aliases and Window Classes. That was in JAWS 2021.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:05 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Thanks! Either my memory is faulty, it might me, or they moved it
because I could have sworn that the 'Enable voice assist' option was in
the user section of the settings center.

Gene...


On 7/16/2022 2:55 PM, Bill White wrote:
Hi, Gene. This is not true. I am running the latest JAWS update. If I go into JAWS>Utilities>Voice Assistant>Settings, the first check box there is, Enable Voice Assistant. I have it unchecked. It has not been removed.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update,
Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So if
you want to disable it, you'll have to create an AdditionalSettings.ini
file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the /help
command line option.

Gene...



On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled, it
was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but there
are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them, but I
don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim










Dennis Brown
 

When people on this thread talk about running the installer, are you referring to the file
That we download for latest versions, or is there an actual "installerPackage.exe" file?
To disable services, we run
C:\\InstallerPackage.exe /DisableExternalServices
From the run line.
Is there a file named InstallerPackage.exe?
And on that string, the path is C:\\
What directory will it look in?

Thanks,
Dennis T. Brown

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Hi, Gene. They moved it. It used to be in JAWS Settings Center between Voice Aliases and Window Classes. That was in JAWS 2021.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:05 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

Thanks! Either my memory is faulty, it might me, or they moved it because I could have sworn that the 'Enable voice assist' option was in the user section of the settings center.

Gene...


On 7/16/2022 2:55 PM, Bill White wrote:
Hi, Gene. This is not true. I am running the latest JAWS update. If I go into JAWS>Utilities>Voice Assistant>Settings, the first check box there is, Enable Voice Assistant. I have it unchecked. It has not been removed.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene
Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't
want that

I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update,
Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So
if you want to disable it, you'll have to create an
AdditionalSettings.ini file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the
/help command line option.

Gene...



On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled,
it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but
there are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them,
but I don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim





















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Gene Warner
 

There is an actual .exe file, I always download the off line installer. You can get them here:

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/OfflineInstallers#jaws

Be warned, they are big because they have all the languages JAWS supports in them.

Gene...

On 7/16/2022 4:07 PM, Dennis Brown wrote:
When people on this thread talk about running the installer, are you referring to the file
That we download for latest versions, or is there an actual "installerPackage.exe" file?
To disable services, we run
C:\\InstallerPackage.exe /DisableExternalServices
From the run line.
Is there a file named InstallerPackage.exe?
And on that string, the path is C:\\
What directory will it look in?
Thanks,
Dennis T. Brown
-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that
Hi, Gene. They moved it. It used to be in JAWS Settings Center between Voice Aliases and Window Classes. That was in JAWS 2021.
Bill White
billwhite92701@...
-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:05 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that
Thanks! Either my memory is faulty, it might me, or they moved it because I could have sworn that the 'Enable voice assist' option was in the user section of the settings center.
Gene...
On 7/16/2022 2:55 PM, Bill White wrote:
Hi, Gene. This is not true. I am running the latest JAWS update. If I go into JAWS>Utilities>Voice Assistant>Settings, the first check box there is, Enable Voice Assistant. I have it unchecked. It has not been removed.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene
Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't
want that

I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update,
Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So
if you want to disable it, you'll have to create an
AdditionalSettings.ini file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the
/help command line option.

Gene...



On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled,
it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom scientific
voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't think too much
of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient sound when I was
nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but
there are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them,
but I don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim









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Dennis Brown
 

I used this at the run line, with the /DisableExternalServices switch, but how can I tell if it did it?
J2022.2206.9.400-Offline-x64.exe /DisableExternalServices


Thanks,
Dennis T. Brown

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 4:38 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't want that

There is an actual .exe file, I always download the off line installer.
You can get them here:

https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/OfflineInstallers#jaws

Be warned, they are big because they have all the languages JAWS supports in them.

Gene...


On 7/16/2022 4:07 PM, Dennis Brown wrote:
When people on this thread talk about running the installer, are you
referring to the file That we download for latest versions, or is there an actual "installerPackage.exe" file?
To disable services, we run
C:\\InstallerPackage.exe /DisableExternalServices From the run line.
Is there a file named InstallerPackage.exe?
And on that string, the path is C:\\
What directory will it look in?

Thanks,
Dennis T. Brown

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 3:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't
want that

Hi, Gene. They moved it. It used to be in JAWS Settings Center between Voice Aliases and Window Classes. That was in JAWS 2021.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene
Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:05 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't
want that

Thanks! Either my memory is faulty, it might me, or they moved it because I could have sworn that the 'Enable voice assist' option was in the user section of the settings center.

Gene...


On 7/16/2022 2:55 PM, Bill White wrote:
Hi, Gene. This is not true. I am running the latest JAWS update. If I go into JAWS>Utilities>Voice Assistant>Settings, the first check box there is, Enable Voice Assistant. I have it unchecked. It has not been removed.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Gene Warner
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: FS voice assist has access to my microphone and I don't
want that

I need to correct myself here. Apparently in the last JAWS update,
Freedom Scientific decided to remove the option to disable Sharky. So
if you want to disable it, you'll have to create an
AdditionalSettings.ini file and put it in the same folder where you run the JAWS installer from.

To get information about how to do this run the installer with the
/help command line option.

Gene...



On 7/14/2022 10:23 AM, Gene Warner wrote:
If you are referring to Sharky, in the settings center there is a
setting to disable Sharky.

Until I started installing JAWS with all external services disabled,
it was one of the first things I would do.

Gene...


On 7/14/2022 7:51 AM, Kimber Gardner wrote:
Hello,

I recently started seeing a message that says the freedom
scientific voice assistant has access to my microphone. I didn't
think too much of it until my laptop responded randomly to ambient
sound when I was nowhere near the keyboard.

I can see in settings how to turn off all access to the mic, but
there are some apps I want to have access. Jaws is not one of them,
but I don't see a checkbox to disable it. Can someone help?

Thanks,
Kim





















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